Majoring in Chemistry at E-town College

Chemistry helps us understand the world around us, giving us answer to how the physical world interacts with itself. Foundational breakthroughs in areas like pharmaceuticals and medicine are all driven by the study and mastery of chemistry. From understanding how medicines will interact to cooking breakfast, chemistry is at the base of our everyday life.

Bachelor of Science in Chemistry

The Chemistry major at Elizabethtown College includes coursework in biology, physics, mathematics and computing, and is excellent preparation for a variety of careers in chemistry. All majors in the Department will complete faculty-supervised research as a part of their capstone experience.

For students looking to study healthcare professions after graduating, such as Pre-Medicine, Pre-Veterinary Medicine, Pre-Pharmacy, or Pre-Dentistry, a major in Chemistry makes a great starting point for the foundational knowledge needed to complete those post-graduate areas of study!

The Department of Chemistry at E-town College offers five concentrations within the Chemistry major to ensure students are equipped to pursue the educational or professional career path they are interested in.

From the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry


Taking students beyond the E-town classroom

James MacKay, Associate Professor of Chemistry, broadens horizons through research

For some students it can be hard to fully grasp what comes beyond college. They could take on an internship, go directly into the workforce or continue their education. At Elizabethtown College, chemistry students have the opportunity to work with professors and staff members to explore what is available after graduation, before they graduate. This guidance is the purpose behind James MacKay’s recent Winter Break workshop at Binghamton University in New York State. Students volunteered for this trip to work in a lab focused on ribonucleic acid research and learn advanced lab techniques. Additionally, the E-town students had the opportunity to experience grad school while still undergraduates.

“The goal is to expose students to as much exciting science as possible.”

American Chemical Society (ACS) concentration

Professional Chemistry

This concentration prepares students for graduate school, careers in the medical field (dental, medical, vet, etc.), or for a career in industrial or government laboratories. Especially important in this concentration are advanced laboratory courses, senior-level courses in advanced inorganic and advanced organic chemistry, and the individual research project. The American Chemical Society (ACS) concentration is accredited by the the American Chemical Society's Committee on Professional Training.

Chemical Physics

Chemical Physics

The Chemical Physics concentration provides a solid background in chemistry with added emphasis in physics and physical chemistry. This emphasis is largely in quantum chemistry, and the theoretical study of molecular behavior based on the laws of physics. This allows students to study the properties of matter through theoretical and computational means. This concentration is best suited for someone interested in going to graduate school and specializing in theoretical chemistry.

Chemistry Management

Chemistry Management

By integrating foundation business and economics courses with a strong chemistry curriculum, this concentration prepares students for sales or management positions within the chemical, medical, and related industries.  Many students pursuing this concentration will still elect to conduct independent research to further increase their marketability when they enter the workforce.

Chemistry Secondary Education

Secondary Education

Want to inspire young learners into a lifelong education in the sciences?  This track prepares students for a path of teaching chemistry at the secondary (grades 7-12) level.  In addition to completing key education courses, the chemistry secondary education program merges sound foundational courses in the sciences (including biology, physics, and math) with a rigorous curriculum in chemistry.  Furthermore many students complement their student teaching requirements with optional independent research or study abroad to make themselves even more competitive in the teaching arena. See additional academic information on the Secondary Education concentration in Chemistry.

Forensic Chemistry

Forensic Science

Introduces students to the field of forensic science, preparing them for graduate school or for a career in the laboratory. This degree track focuses on the application of chemistry in crime laboratories where evidence from crime scenes is analyzed. Paint chips, broken glass, gunshot residues, fire remains, legal and illegal drugs, and bodily fluids are typically analyzed as a part of coursework. The forensic chemistry major provides a fundamental background in chemistry, along with additional courses that would be of benefit for someone interested in pursuing a career in forensic science, or considering matriculating into the police academy.

Chemistry B.S. Catalog Information

After Graduation

We understand that many students studying Chemistry have intentions of pursuing continued education after completing their chemistry degree at a liberal arts college. Our graduates are ready for both the workforce and continued education after the competition of their degree.

Where do our graduates go?



into workforce



enter graduate school



enter professional school

Graduate schools attended include:    
Penn State College of Medicine University of Michigan University of Florida
University of Buffalo Temple University Arcadia University
University of Delaware West Virginia University Binghamton University
University of Pennsylvania Vanderbilt University University of Arizona
Emory University